Saturday, May 26, 2018

Collage painting - final

I finished this piece this morning. 
 

I learned a few things.

"Painting" with collage paper scraps and shapes is not for the faint-hearted.

It takes a lot of planning (in your head); 
cutting, trimming, tearing, shaping your painted papers; 
working out the positioning of various elements; 
a steady hand (all those tiny scraps); patience (a lot); and glue - a lot of glue. 
And that's only the half of it.



 

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

WIP Collage and more

Work in Progress

Since I'm in the collage zone these days, I thought I'd try "collage painting" - instead of using paint, you use scraps of painted papers. My papers were for cleaning my roller when making monoprints and I kept them because I liked them. Now I'm using them for this project. There's a lot more to do - we'll see how it turns out.







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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Collage city

 Collages, soon to be listed in my Etsy shop.

Sister Fidelma of the Unquiet 
(just listed in my Etsy shop)

 
 Fandango


  Ghosts


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Collage

On my table today, two collages in progress.




I've accumulated so much collage material that I'm forced to triage, use, and get rid of, piles of paper and scraps of all kinds. When I first started collage, I was so infatuated with it that I collected everything I could get my hands on, thinking that I would be doing this forever. But I'm also a painter and a stitcher, so I go for very long periods without working on any collages. It would take two lifetimes to use up all my supplies...

Meanwhile, I've put together a couple of collage packages in my Etsy shop here and here .

 


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Stitch

My cure for a barometric headache (apart from a dose of ibuprofen) is to stay out of the rain and do some stitching.


My sewing basket is out, and I'm adding more to this piece and ...


... putting the finishing touches on this one. I'm thinking cross-stitch around the centre.


 Meanwhile, hoping the sky with clear in time for walking my two dog clients :)




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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tags

A pause in Saturday chores (read cleaning up my work space) to make some tags.


 

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Resolution

 Dear blog friends,

Thank you for your comments and your good thoughts.

Yesterday's daffodils were like a message.

Thanks to a dear family member who worked on my behalf, the problem is now resolved, and in my favour. I'm relieved and grateful.



The other side to this past week of fear and uncertainly is that everything I've learned about myself - i.e., all the "work" I've done on myself - kicked in. I realized that the fear was an old one that rose to the surface and exaggerated everything; that one way or the other I would survive; that there is no shame in asking for help; that it was temporary.

"Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within me" -- Jennifer Wellwood




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Monday, May 07, 2018

Daffodils

A neighbour offered me some flowers the other day. He didn't know that daffodils have a special meaning for me, and that makes his gesture even more special. Ever since he had a shoulder injury, I've been walking his two dogs for him every day, and it's done me a world of good. I can't afford to keep a dog and these two make up for it.



On one of my walks, I was thinking about my situation and that I feel embarrassed when someone offers me help, when I realized something -- you get back what you put out into the world. When I had, I used to give freely those who needed it; now that I don't have, there are friends who are giving back. They're not the same people I helped but it proves the point. It comes back to you one way or another.



“All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” - Dame Julian of Norwich





Thursday, May 03, 2018

 I don't mind telling you, it's been a week from hell.

Just as I put out a couple of little fires, a bigger one happened. After taking some deep breaths, I looked for the positives - there's always a positive to every negative - and took appropriate action. Then I contacted a family member in Europe who is in a position to help with the issue, who emailed me promptly and told me to hang tight and that he would look into it, then called an old friend in San Diego who never fails to calm me down and make me feel safe, and then mentally listed what I like to call my gratitudes.

I have learned to overcome the feeling of being alone in the world. I've learned to take whatever action I can take, to help myself, but also to reach out to the right people. And to reciprocate.


So all this interrupted the work I was doing and my work space is a mess, the mess that happens when I've making art.


My mantra at the moment is: This too shall pass and all will be well.






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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

 Here is the finished piece. While cutting my scraps, I saw the shape of a house. I wanted to use it but at first it didn't anywhere - until I added the strips below the dress.


Available in my Etsy shop.






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Monday, April 23, 2018

During my (slow-motion) cleaning up I came across some sketches I made of vintage-style baby dresses. Since I've taken up stitching again, I transferred the idea to a quiltie.


I want to add a safety pin but I haven't decided on the placement.


Here



or here?





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Friday, April 20, 2018

Monoprints

In the last couple of days my practice consisted of monoprinting. I wanted to make some painted papers to tear up and use for collages (if I ever get around to that  - haha!)


I made a series of monoprints some years ago and saved the masks and stencils.




 And used some of them again for the painted papers idea.


 This one is on thin, but very strong, Japanese paper. It may not go into the collage painted papers pile; I think it can stand on its own.

 



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A dead battery and the weather

Last Saturday we got hit by a surprise ice storm followed by rain. The worst part were the high winds, coming from the east. My home faces east so I got the full brunt of it. The wind created some very strange noises, especially the one that sounded like a foghorn. This went on for 24 hours; it was hard to stay calm with nerves on edge.

I did a little stitching, trying out some embroidery.



I also discovered that my land line wasn't working at full speed. It turns out that the phone is connected to the modem, along with Internet and TV, and has a battery in it for backup during outages. We didn't have an outage but...the phone is dependent on the battery no matter what. I'm unable to call people on their cell phones (although I can receive their calls) but I can connect to other land lines.

As I wait for the new battery, I think how simple it was when the phone was independent and not reliant on some battery that you have to replace every 2 years.

Be safe, wherever you are.

 


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

 Many thanks to my readers for your supportive words... my mojo is slowly coming back.

My stitching certainly helped. Two of my safety-pin quilties are sold and are on their way to Australia. This is all the more special for me because they're going to an area of Sydney that my oldest and best friend, recently departed (gone to the Divine) lived in for decades before her illness.

To further boost my mojo, I pulled out my monoprint paraphernalia, getting it ready to make some new prints.


Books by artists also help get my juices flowing. Yesterday I spent some time with this one. For the paintings, the colours, the humour....








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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Still stitching

 In search of my lost, hopefully temporary, passion for creating art every day, I'm continuing to stitch. I have many ideas floating in my head, and usually I'd be trying them out and enjoying the process. It's almost like the energy is gone. It's not a nice feeling.

On the plus side, I'm walking my neighbour's dogs every day and that's getting me out and among the trees! I tell myself in time, I'll regain my balance.

Meanwhile, I made this for a friend. Luz meaning light, I envisioned sparkly lights around the name.







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Monday, April 02, 2018

Safety Pin dress #2

This is crushed velvet.


I don't like to work with it.
I prefer normal velvet.
Also,  crushed velvet is hard to photograph - you have to get the light just right to see the true colour which, in this case, is red.
But I have this length of crushed velvet and I'm not going to let it get the better of me.

I know, it's a little weird. And so is this design, a work in progress, but I like it. I think.





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Friday, March 30, 2018

Vintage stitching

Vintage ticking is one of my preferred fabrics. It evokes those Colonial interiors - the authentic ones - that I've always found beautiful in their simplicity - utilitarian with artistic flourishes like folk art and handmade rugs.

 I started this yesterday. Every single item of this little quilt is antique or vintage. Except the thread!


 And finished it today.



 
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In keeping with my resolution to make something every day, I started another dress quiltie. I didn't like how it was turning out, so I took out most of the stitches and set it aside.

It was a good time to do the vacuuming (I did the dusting yesterday). Instead, I checked my email. A friend sent me a picture of a painting of an angel. Another email mentioned an angel.

So...

I pulled out my watercolours and painted this.



Resolution kept. At least for today :-)

 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

The little dress is finished.


I played around with buttons, but opted for a vintage mother-of-pearl buckle because I wanted to use this pale pink silk fragment - one thing leads to another...



The safety pin was completely unexpected. I don't know how the thought came to me but it seemed appropriate.

No matter. The important thing is that I finished it.




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Friday, March 23, 2018

It's been a beautiful day, still on the cold side, but with bright sunshine and blue skies. I didn't have to push myself to go out as I've been doing lately. I have two dogs to thank for getting me back into the great outdoors on a daily basis, my neighbour's two bichons frisés, all white and fluffy, affectionate and mostly well-behaved.

And, wonder of wonders, I actually sat down and pulled out my sewing supplies.
This is what I'm working on at the moment. A little dress...


 

 Wishing you a peaceful and happy weekend.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hello, World.

My blog has been moribund lately. Why? Because the last couple of months had a few bumps in the road that I had to navigate, but spring is here and I intend to plant some new seeds.



I haven't done much art work lately because, I confess, I've given in to moments of fatigue and discouragement, but not for long. If nothing else, I am a fighter.

A very short while ago, I lost my oldest and dearest friend to cancer. It was one of those cases where she was recovering and then.... Well, I have no words.



One thing that has helped is to make a list of things that have to be addressed, then follow through. Some of them are tough, but procrastination only makes things worse and harder to handle.

There's a second list that's very important: a list of all the things that are positive and good. This list gives me the push to tackled the items on the first list.

Does that make sense?

Until next time, may you live with ease.









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Friday, February 23, 2018

While de-cluttering, which is happening at a snail's pace, I found a box of little dolls - a project that never saw the light of day.

Since any excuse to take a break from de-cluttering is welcome, I took the dolls to my work table and....










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Friday, January 26, 2018

I'm a mini-collector; I collect 3-4 things of a kind, and that's it.

I love old frames. Even damaged ones.


This frame was made from two damaged frames and hand-painted.


I found this frame, destined for the trash, and rescued it. It was perfect for the antique lace samples.
 

I also decorate with them. This changes once in a while.
 






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Monday, January 22, 2018

Returning to my artistic roots: watercolours.
I began my life as an artist with a tray of watercolours and had the time of my life. Eventually I moved on to acrylics and collage and textiles, but watercolours are my first love.



Row of Houses, watercolour on paper, 9x12 in. Just listed in my Etsy shop.





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Monday, January 15, 2018

 Over the weekend I watched a program that had a lot of owls in it. While I was watching, I did a little sketching. The sketch became the model for this.

Acrylic on canvas paper. Just listed in my Etsy shop.









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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

And a timely
Happy New Year!



 


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